April 16 & 17, 2021: “It’s a New Day: Transformative Hope” retreat

El Camino Real District United Methodist Women
Spiritual Retreat

HOPE is:  

  • a positive outcome of transformation… 
  • a time of living with respect for the Earth….
  • the arc of Jesus’s story…
  • a time when women are leading the way with community building and activism…

This is our moment !

Registration is closed.

Friday, April 16, 7:00pm-9:00pm PDT
“A Life on Our Planet”

Watch party featuring the new film by David Attenborough
We watch together a very recent highly-rated video narrated by David Attenborough, in which he shares his concern for the current state of the planet due to humanity’s impact on nature and his hopes for the future. 

Saturday, April 17, 10:00am-noon PDT
Virtual Spiritual Retreat
Finding transformative hope for the future of our planet
Our retreat continues with a program led by Rev. Char Bear, focused on transformation and its positive outcome, hope. See videos from this program below.

Video of Saturday program featuring Rev. Char Bear's "Profiles in Hope"

Video of Saturday program featuring Rev. Char Bear’s “Profiles in Hope: Women Leaders in the Climate Movement”

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's poem "Earthrise"

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem “Earthrise”

Music video "You're the Voice"

Music video “You’re the Voice”

The offering for this event benefits the United Methodist Women Climate Justice Project. To donate, go to the UMW Donate page, pick the option to “direct my gift to”, and select the program “Climate Justice.”  Enter the rest of your donation information and click the “Process” button.


Featured speaker Rev. Charlotte London Bear

Rev. Charlotte Bear

Rev. Charlotte Bear

Rev. Charlotte Bear is a spiritual leader, healthcare chaplain, former broadcast journalist, climate activist, wife, mother and US Army veteran.  She is an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Cal-Nev. Conference, and has served in ministry for 23 years.  She lives in Ben Lomond in the coastal redwoods with her husband, a Chaplain, and with her son and rescue dogs.  Bear has devoted her life to helping people, rescuing dogs and protecting the natural world.  In 2016 she was accepted into the Climate Reality Corp, a worldwide network of Climate leaders. Since then, Bear has completed over 300 acts of Leadership promoting bold climate action and mentoring other Climate Reality Leaders.  She is a certified Eco-Chaplain as well and is currently the Co-Chair of the large Silicon Valley Chapter of the Climate Reality Project

About our topic:  Char says, “We’re living in a time of reckoning about how we’ve been treating each other, other species and the planet, our shared, sacred home.  Women are leading the way, morally, scientifically, politically, with community building and activism. We are focused on solutions that not only mitigate but that can repair, restore, regenerate. That’s transformative hope.”

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